Our research activities on the relationships between work, education, social stratification, culture and wellbeing, have allowed us to participate in a variety of educational projects and programmes::

1. Postgraduate courses

Preparation of doctorate courses and research activities at the University of Zaragoza: The city, society and culture; the study of Aragon; Women's studies:

  1. Community strategies for health promotion
  2. The psychosocial determinants of health
  3. Social skills and health
  4. Lifestyles and health
  5. Occupational stress
  6. Prevention of psychosocial risks and strategies for intervention
  7. Culture, society and sport
  8. Social sciences and sport

In addition, a number of members of the group have taught and participated in:

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2. Specialist courses

Besides, the group has designed and imparted a range of specialist courses, some examples of which are found below:

  1. "Human Capital, Integration and Rural Development", Teruel (2003). 3 free-elective credits, approved by the Education Committee of the Teruel Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (see poster).
  2. "Environmental Risks: Fact or Fiction?", Teruel (2007). 2 free-elective credits, approved by the Education Committee of the Teruel Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (see poster).
  3. Summer courses aimed at fostering debate and reflection on the group’s activities. The material developed for the courses has been published in two books, financed by the Government of Aragon. (see publications):
    • Bodies that Talk: Gender, Identity and Social Representation, Jaca, Zaragoza University (2006). 2 free-elective credits (see poster).
    • Social Psychology and Wellbeing: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Jaca (2007). 3 free-elective credits, Zaragoza University (see poster).
  4. "Slow living, healthy approach to the development", Rubielos de Mora, Teruel, (2009). 2 free-elective credits, approved by Zaragoza University (see poster).
  5. Conference “Health, Wellbeing y Quality of life”. University of A Coruña. La Coruña (2010) (see poster).
  6. 34ª International ICAF Conference "Food and love: Cross-disciplinary approaches ", Teruel-Daroca-Murero, May 8-11, 2012.

Research group members have collaborated also in organizing and teaching in international seminars as: Erasmus Intensive Programme: The profession of social work against the extreme right in Europa. Took part in Nuremberg (Germany, 2011). Professors and students from 7 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary and Spain had been involved in its development. Its contents were as follows: Social work as a profession to defend human rights. Situation analysis of new right-wing movements in different European countries: political, social and cultural, personal and professional. How to deal with this situation from the social work. 4 ECTS were recognized by the University of Zaragoza. More information is available on the website of the Intensive Programme.

Curso de Jaca

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3. Institutional agreements

Professional work placements and internships:

  1. Agreement between INSALUD, UNED and The University of Zaragoza for final year students from the Degree in Sociology (1996).
  2. Agreement between the University of San Jorge and the University of Zaragoza for final year students from the Degree in Audiovisual Communication (2008).
  3. Agreement between Universia and The University of Zaragoza for posgrade students from the Geographic Master (2011).

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4. Collaboration with other research groups, institutions and organisations

A vital area of work for the members of our group concerns the dissemination of our research findings and collaboration and participation with other research groups and similar organisations, both nationally and internationally. Some examples of the involvement or our members are given below:

  1. Member of the Spanish Association of Social Research Applied to Sport (AEISAD), 2000.
  2. Member of The Aragonese Institute of Anthropology and the Federation of Anthropological Associations of the Spanish state, 2000.
  3. Treasurer of the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 2001.
  4. Member of the European-Latin American Interuniversity Network for Applied Studies, 2001.
  5. Member of the Social Capital and Environment Research Group, Aragonese Strategic Network for Environmental Education, Government of Aragon, 2003.
  6. Member of the Lifestyles and Health Research Group, the Aragon Sport and Physical Activity Research Directory, 2004.
  7. Vice-presidency of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Nutrition and Social Habits, 2005.
  8. National Presidency of the International Commission on the e Anthropology of Food (ICAF), the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (UNESCO), 2007.

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5. Recognition

The success of the research work of the group is evidenced by the financial support and grants that have been awarded, the international research stays enjoyed by its members and the number of academic prizes that have been won.

Grants and international research stays

  1. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris and Université Stendhal, Grenoble (France)
  2. The Autonomous University of Zacatecas (Mexico)
  3. The University of Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  4. The University of Bologna and Teramo (Italy)
  5. The University of Bucarest (Romania)
  6. The University of California, Riverside and Cornell, Ithaca (USA)
  7. The University of Havana and  The University of the Oriente (Cuba)
  8. The Universities of Hyogo, Kyoto, Shopia, Wakayama (Japan)
  9. The University of Lima (Peru)
  10. The National University of San Luis (Argentina)
  11. The Rafael Landívar University  (Guatemala)
  12. The National University of Asunción (Paraguay)
  13. The National University of Antioquia (Colombia)

Research prizes and awards

  1. ACCESIT 1997-98: “A Model of Community Analysis in Urban Contexts: Participation, Belonging and Social Need". IV Social Wellbeing Research Prize, University School of Social Work and Official College of Social Work Diplomas and Social Affairs, The University of Valencia.
  2. FIRST PRIZE, 2002: Conde Aranda Participación Ciudadana. Zaragoza City Council (Casablanca, Zaragoza).
  3. Extraordinary Doctorate Awards:
    • Academic year 2002: University of Zaragoza (Area of Social Sciences)
    • Academic year 2003: University of Valencia (Faculty of Psychology)
    • Academic year 2004: University of Barcelona (Faculty of Anthropology)

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6. Strategic Action

In the future the group plans to continue with the work in progress and to develop other new lines of research. These activities will concentrate on three specific areas and funding will be sought from governmental and non-governmental sources:

  1. Training of group members and contact with national and international social science research networks and forums. Since 2006, a member of our group has participated in the National Assessment and Planning Agency (ANEP), working on the evaluation of research projects.
  2. The publication of our research results and their translation into English for international dissemination. Members of the group are on the scientific committees of some important academic journals, for example:
    • Editorial Secretary. IC@F Web journal: International Commission for the Anthropology of Food (ICAF).
    • The Scientific Committee of Studium, the Humanities Journal of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at Teruel (Zaragoza University).
    • The Journal Pueblos y Fronteras digital: of the Multidisciplinary Research Programme on Mesoamerica and the Southeast at the Natyional Autonomous University of Mexico.
    • El Ruejo: A history and social studies journal, edited by the Institución Fernando el Católico, Zaragoza.
    • Aragon in the Middle Ages, journal of the Department of Medieval History at Zaragoza University.
    • International Journal of Marketing Studies.
    • Acciones e investigaciones sociales. Journal of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Work at Zaragoza (Zaragoza University).

  3. Diffusion and dissemination of research results by means of audiovisual materials. This work requires the employment of technical specialists and a number of auxiliary research assistants.

The Zaragoza Social Capital and Wellbeing Research Group is open to new collaborations and ideas. If you are interested or have a suggestion or proposal, please contact one of the members: members.

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